Hollybush Hill Haycut

On Thursday last week Paul, Janet and Callum joined Sam, Stu and I to complete a hay cut at Hollybush Hill. The area had a large quantity of Canadian Goldenrod, which is an invasive species and prevents precious sunlight reaching native wildflowers and grasses.

Stu was on the motorsythe most of the day so it was up to us to rake up his work.


Even though we had quite temperamental weather it was a lovely day and we completed the hay cut beautifully.  Paul even had a very fast Vole fall in love with his feet and I spotted a common blue female butterfly showing off for us.



Hay cutting meadows with this technique used to be part of traditional farming, which has caused wildflowers and grasses to prefer low nutrient soil. However as farming techniques have changed it is up to us to cut meadows the traditional way and rake up the cuttings to prevent nutrients building up in the soil.

Unfortunately Stu got a tick on his arm so I will remind everyone again. Please check yourself regularly for ticks and any information you may need can be found on the NHS website or you can call 111 for advice.

Thank you very much Paul, Janet and Callum. You did a great job !

Assistant Ranger Bobbie Withers


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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One Response to Hollybush Hill Haycut

  1. Get advice about ticks, thank you

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